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Mar 22, 2010 06:47 PM

weber gas grill vs ?

I'm looking for a new gas grill... Yes I know charcoal is better, but I don't want to hear that lecture, I don't have the time - I agree it tastes better!!!
We have been looking at Weber spirit or the next model up, but need some guidance as to whether it is really worth the extra $$$ for the weber.
Please help and add guidance and info

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  1. It's not like I have gone out and purchased a hundred grills and tested them all, so I am not going to pretend I am completely knowledgeable about all brands, but... all I can say is I've had both a Weber Baby-Q and then a Weber Genesis gas grill, both used fairly hard and used to make all sorts of foods... slow cooking ribs for hours, searing a steak or roasting delicate veggies. Both did a fantastic job on the food and still operate like new with minimal care. The electric start on the Genesis works very well and is totally reliable - I changed the battery (one AAA) in 30 seconds last week. I will never buy another brand.

    My parents used to buy cheap grills at Sears and they always rusted in 2 years and fell apart.

    1. I was looking at grills today and I think IMHO Weber is worth the extra bucks and the spirit is webers attempt to move down market not a good idea. I do like the genesis much more than the spirit you can feel the difference in the quality of the components

      1. jfood is on his second Genesis. The first lasted close to 20 years. The current one is 10+ years old. He has replaced the grates, the flavorizing bars and the ignition switch. In the 10 years of his current model he has probably cooked 1500-2000 meals.

        Yes he recommends the genesis.

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        1. re: jfood

          interesting stat and that dog years?!! Agree that Weber makes a better grill, I also think care and maintenance also contribute to grill longevity...Like you have done

          1. re: BiscuitBoy

            Dinner opportunities = 10 * 365 = 3650
            Potential weekend lunches 104 *10 = 1040
            3650 + 1040 = 3690

            1500 / 3690 = ~40%

            There are times jfood will cook every dinner and at least one weekend lunch on the Weber.

            Directional hope this helps.

        2. Whatever grill you find that looks durable and well built with solid looking welds, and in the case of a gas grill, solid looking plumbing, should be great. I know you said you don't want to hear it, but I'm curious about why you would want a gas grill? To me, its pretty much the same as cooking inside the house...

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          1. re: Jemon

            it would be the same if one had a grill inside the house, yes?

            1. re: Jemon

              Actually cooking outdoors as opposed to indoors requires different skills, but both are great ways to prepare food. Since you have this mis-impression here's a site you may want to look at before you disparage those of us who have spent countless hours perfecting another tool in the tool kit.


              1. re: Jemon

                There is a difference between charcoal and gas, sure. But cooking on a good gas grill outside is completely different and still way, way better than cooking inside. You don't get the closed lid, drippings and smoke trapped inside the lid when you cook inside. You can't use wood chips inside. It's just not the same at all.

                1. re: tzakiel

                  Drippings from the lid? That doesn't sound like a plus.

                  1. re: tommy

                    No, drippings from the food. That's a bad thing in an indoor oven and a very good thing in an outdoor grill.

              2. last summer had a grill contest with 3 different grills, same burger - this was blind too, only one person knew which burger was cooked on what. 2 were gas, 1 was charcoal - thought for sure the charcoal would win (my fav) but hands down the Weber Genisis won.

                we still have a charcoal weber on our patio - that chiminea makes it very convenient in lighting the charcoal but we also have a nice Char Broil Patio Caddy on the deck but it's smaller for just us two - we love this, it's our second one and the first one lasted a very long time: